On My Way to the Feminist Porn Awards!

In a few days I am making my way across the continent to Toronto Ontario Canada to participate in the 7th Annual Feminist Porn Awards, hosted by local sex toy and porn shop Good For Her, a place I have come to love as much as my own local sexy shopping huts Good Vibes and Feelmore 510.

I will be in attendence for the Public.Provocative.Porn: The Year’s Best in Feminist Film screening on April 19th, and the 7th Annual Good For Her Feminist P*rn Awards Gala on the 20th. You can watch me perform LIVE with dreamboat Rozen DeBowe at the SWITCH FPA Edition play party, or come to my workshop at Come As You Are (another awesome sex toy store, Toronto’s full of them!) on Sunday April 22nd at 7pm entitled Fat Sex!

The Feminist Porn Awards are a screening and awards gala that happen every year in April, where awards like “Most Diverse Cast,” “Heart Throb of the Year,” and “Best Trans Film” are presented to film-makers and stars that have feminist sensibilities in the adult industry, like Tristan Taormino, Nica Noelle, Shine Louise Houston, and me. (You know, the good ones! *wink*)

From the FPA website:

What makes a movie a Feminist Porn Award winner?

In order to be considered for a Feminist Porn Award, the movie/short/website/whatever!  must meet at least one of the following criteria:

1)  A woman had a hand in the production, writing, direction, etc. of the work.

2)  It depicts genuine female pleasure

3)  It expands the boundaries of sexual representation on film and challenges stereotypes that are often found in mainstream porn.

And of course, it has to be hot!

Overall, Feminist Porn Award winners tend to show movies that consider a female viewer from start to finish.  This means that you are more likely to see active desire and consent, real orgasms, and women taking control of their own fantasies (even when that fantasy is to hand over that control).

My personal beliefs are that identifying as a feminist is not a pre-requisite for making great porn that all kinds of people can enjoy, but it certainly does help. I myself identify as a “feminist of my own invention.”

A question that’s been posed to me many, many times:

What does feminist porn mean to you?

I have recently decided that I am a feminist of my own invention. My father, a single parent, unknowingly taught me to live in the world free of self-imposed gender roles while figuring out how to survive as a broke-but-resourceful family of two. I went to college and have two degrees, however – I spent none of that academic time on feminist literature, theory, or critique. I spent it taking photographs and immersing myself in the queer performance art and music thriving in my home town Olympia Washington. I am steeped in Riot Grrrl culture and see my feminist involvement in porn much like Kathleen Hanna confronted the punk music scene in the 1990’s. I have become a force to be reckoned with inside of a boy’s club. I’ve created my own scene, my own audience, my own talent pool to collaborate with – instead of allowing myself to be marginalized and desensitized by the mainstream male gaze. At the same time, I feel like a lot of feminist thought is severely problematic. I believe trans women are women and should be included, without question, in feminist ideology and issues. I am strongly against woman-only spaces that exclude trans women. I believe that sex workers, including porn performers and film-makers, live valid lives, have valid jobs, and should be equally protected under the same laws that protect everyone else from rape, murder, theft, and abuse.  Also I believe that men can be feminist and should be part of the task forces that confront issues like rape, birth control, and oppression. My anti-oppression obsessions leave me on the outside of feminism, even and especially outside of today’s radical feminism, and that is why I say, I am a feminist of my own invention. A humanist. A punk. A queer.    My porn reflects my beliefs, simply put.

My nominations for the 2012 Feminist Porn Awards include:

Fuckstyles: My brand new DVD released on TROUBLEfilms, comprised of some fabulous scenes from the first year of QueerPorn.TV, my now infamous new porn site co-created with Tina Horn. This DVD has a director’s commentary where you can hear Tina and I drooling all over everybody, and talking about the politics behind the porn. But aside from all the cool DVD extras (making that physical purchase more than worth it!)  the sex itself is revolutionary, or so says the omnipotent Fleshbot!

Live Sex Show: TROUBLEfilm’s debut DVD release, starring Jiz Lee and Nina Hartley in one of the most importance feminist porn scenes ever if I do say so myself! If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ll want to get the DVD and watch it – but good luck finding it, because due to the awesome fisting in this scene, the whole movie has been rejected from almost every mainstream porn store and VOD site I’ve sent it to! Of course, Good For Her has it.

NoFauxxx.Com: My darling baby turned ten this year, and that’s why I have big hopes for this site winning. It totally deserves a moment in the spotlight. I mean, it’s where queer porn was born, or at least where the term queer porn was coined. This site has gone under a lot of renovations lately (it’s hard cleaning up after a ten year old!) and is now in tip top form after it’s lovely makeover. If you haven’t seen it in a while, well – you know what you’re doing tonight!

QueerPorn.TV: Nominated again after last year’s big win as one of the FPA’s Best Websites. Wouldn’t it be cool if it just won every year? There’s some amazing new scenes coming to the site this year… I’m pretty excited about it!

QueerPornTube.Com: The unsung hero of the queer porn movement, Queer Porn Tube is THEE place to post and watch amateur queer porn, submitted by queer hotties from all over the globe. This site is totally free, totally awesome, and about to take off. Have you uploaded your private sex tapes yet? Do it now!! Even some porn stars like James Darling and myself have channels and update dirty personal DIY videos!

Anchor Anatomic: A short film starring Quinn Valentine (aka Quinn Cassidy) and Robert WOuld in a cisgendered homosexual love scene between strangers. Shot in black and white, this scene can only be found on the Fucking Different XXX DVD and at film festivals including Oakland’s BRIEFS film festival 2012 and Berlin’s Porn Film Festival 2011. It poses the question – how can gay porn be feminist, and why isn’t there more of it? This scene is nominated twice!

Fucking Different XXX: I am super excited to be a part of this incredible film, put together by the folks at the Berlin Porn Film Festival and featuring some of queer porn’s absolute best directors from around the world. I can’t tell you how giddy and childish I became when I got to stand next to Bruce La Bruce and receive a standing ovation for being in this film with my short, Anchor Anatomic. Pretty giddy.

Padded Submissives: I star in this film as a strap-on weilding stunt cock in my first performance with the lovely BBW icon Kelly Shibari. I loved slapping her around and forcing her pretty face down on my silicone dick before laying her on her back and pounding her to orgasm!!! And it looks like everybody else like the scene, too – even XCritic said: “Definitely one of the hottest BBW lesbian sex scenes I’ve ever seen.”

Crash Pad Series, Good Dyke Porn: I have fucked some seriously hot people on these websites, and also, I totally adore the directors. Shine and Bryn are fucking awesome! I love being able to jump out from behind the camera and go work for other rad, queer directors. I’m in good company with these two.

I am excited to be staying with some of my favorite people, mainly Drew Deveaux, Jiz Lee, and Lux Alpatrum, partying with local babes Maxwell Lander and Carrie Aslan, running into friends from out of town like Tobi Hill-Meyer and Tristan Taormino, and of course kicking it with all of the incredible performers I’ve gotten the chance to work with over the course of the past year, like Arabelle Raphael, Rozen DeBowe, James Darling, Tina Horn, and Quinn Cassidy – all in attendance!

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